McGuirl Sparks Senior Night Win Over 7/8 Oklahoma


Courtesy of K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Mike McGuirl scored 19 points (16 in the second half) to lead K-State to a 62-57 win over No. 7/8 Oklahoma on Tuesday evening at Bramlage Coliseum. It was the second straight win for K-State, who improved to 7-18 (3-13 Big 12). Oklahoma dropped to 14-6 (9-5 Big 12).

Oklahoma led by as many as seven in the first half, but K-State closed with a 7-2 run to tie things at 29-29 at the break. De’Vion Harmon scored 12 for the Sooners, while Davion Bradford’s nine points led the way for K-State in the opening half.

K-State used a quick 9-0 burst early in the second half to grab a 38-31 advantage. Oklahoma responded with a run of their own to reclaim the lead at 44-40 midway through the half. Austin Reaves heated up, scoring 10 straight Oklahoma points to keep the Sooners in front.

McGuirl had the answer, however, as K-State’s lone senior connected three times from long range as part of an 11-0 run for the Cats. K-State led 58-53 with just over one minute remaining in the contest.

A pair of makes from Reaves pulled the Sooners within one with 16 seconds remaining. Nijel Pack pushed the K-State lead back to three with two makes at the foul line. Reaves missed a long three pointer, and DaJuan Gordon finished off the K-State victory at the line.

McGuirl connected on five makes from deep in the win. He also added seven rebounds on the evening. Bradford added 13 points and eight boards. Gordon added a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Pack dished out nine assists for the Wildcats.

Reaves finished with a game-high 25 for the Sooners. Harmon was the only other player in double figures with 13, but K-State limited him to just one point in the second half.

K-State travels to West Virginia this weekend.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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